“SNL” decided to combine their Saturday show with references to the instantly infamous altercation between Chris Rock and Will Smith at Sunday’s Oscars.
From their cold opening, which referenced the slap on a parody version of “Fox and Friends,” to Jerrod Carmichael’s opening monologue, the show’s comedians took aim at Smith’s decision to get on the Oscar stage and slap Rock.
A sketch with Chris Redd playing Smith depicts the slap from the audience’s point of view, with Carmichael and Kyle Mooney playing seat fillers. The sketch references Smith’s films, such as “Pursuit of Happyness,” meaning the slap didn’t fit Smith’s usual good natured personality.—Saturday Night Live – SNL (@nbcsnl) Apr 3, 2022
Carmichael’s character is shocked to see his hero change from cheerful to confrontational.
“Keep my wife’s name out of your damn mouth,” Redd yells at the fictional Rock who’s off camera before going on to pretend “Everything’s normal, all of you.”
Smith ends the skit by dancing to “Gettin’ Jiggy with It.”
The show also had a hit with Smith on Weekend Update. Colin Jost joked that the blow was “an outrageous act that sets a terrible precedent for having to defend your wife at awards ceremonies.”
Co-host Michael Che also addressed the online discourse surrounding Jada Pinkett Smith’s alopecia: “Can we stop pretending everyone knew Jada had alopecia?” said Che.
The hosts also targeted Smith with an interview with OJ Simpson, played by Kenan Thompson.—Saturday Night Live – SNL (@nbcsnl) Apr 3, 2022
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